2012 West Dunbartonshire Council election

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All 22 seats to West Dunbartonshire Council
12 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party
 
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Leader Martin Rooney Jonathan McColl
Party Labour SNP
Leader's seat Lomond Lomond
Last election 10 seats, 45.5% 9 seats, 40.9%
Seats before 8 9
Seats won 12 6
Seat change Increase2 Decrease3

  Third party Fourth party
 
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Leader George Black Jim Bollan
Party Independent Scottish Socialist
Leader's seat Dumbarton Leven
Last election 2 seats, 9.1% 1 seat, 4.6%
Seats before 3 1
Seats won 3 1
Seat change Increase1 Steady

West Dunbartonshire Council composition
Composition of the council after the election

Council Leader before election

Ronnie McColl defeated
SNP

Council Leader after election

Martin Rooney
Labour

Elections to West Dunbartonshire Council were held on 3 May 2012 on the same day as the 31 other local authorities in Scotland. The election used the six wards created under the Local Governance (Scotland) Act 2004, with 22 Councillors being elected. Each ward elected either 3 or 4 members, using the STV electoral system.

The election saw the Scottish Labour Party gain 2 seats to secure an overall majority on the Council while also significantly increasing their vote. The Scottish National Party remained in second place on the Council but West Dunbartonshire proved to be their worst performance in Scotland as they lost 3 seats including that of their former Council leader, Ronnie McColl. Independents increased their seat numbers to 3 through the addition of former Labour Councillor and the Scottish Socialist Party retained their sole seat in Scotland.

Following the election the Labour majority administration was formed. This replaced the previous SNP minority led administration which had been supported by the Independents that had existed from 2007-2012.

Election result

West Dunbartonshire Local Election Result 2012
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 12 2 0 +2 54.55 46.62 12,497 +8.92
  SNP 6 0 3 -3 27.27 30.32 8,126 -3.78
  Independent 3 1 0 +1 13.64 13.07 3,503 +4.37
  Scottish Socialist 1 - - - 4.55 5.25 1,407 -1.45
  Conservative 0 - - - - 4.25 1,139 -3.35
  Communist 0 - - - - 0.35 94 New
  Scottish Christian 0 - - - - 0.15 39 New

Note: "Votes" are the first preference votes. The net gain/loss and percentage changes relate to the result of the previous Scottish local elections on 3 May 2007. This may differ from other published sources showing gain/loss relative to seats held at dissolution of Scotland's councils.

Ward results

Lomond

Lomond - 3 seats
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Labour Martin Rooney (incumbent) 33.64 1,243            
SNP Jonathan McColl * 18.35 678 686.9 711.2 736.5 775.5 784.5 1,342.9
SNP Ronnie McColl (incumbent) 14.48 535 544.8 561.5 593 636.3 647.6  
Labour Hazel Sorrell 14.18 524 789.4 840.7 884.9 998.8    
Conservative Brian McKenzie Walker 9.34 345 350.9 354.9 416.4      
Independent George Rice 5.66 209 214.1 238.9        
Scottish Socialist Louise Robertson 4.36 161 167.9          
Electorate: 8,958   Valid: 3,695   Spoilt: 79   Quota: 924   Turnout: 3,774 (42.13%)  

Leven

Leven - 4 seats
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Labour John Millar (incumbent) 31.8 1,622            
Scottish Socialist Jim Bollan (incumbent) 21.0 1,073            
SNP Gail Robertson 20.3 1,036            
Labour Michelle Stewart 8.1 412 868.5 879.3 879.7 912.4 1,011.1 1,128.9
SNP May Smillie (incumbent) 7.7 392 417.6 425.9 439.4 473.9 549.4  
Independent Archie Thomson 6.4 329 359.4 371.6 371.9 459.8    
Conservative David Jardine 4.6 237 244.8 247.9 248.1      
Electorate: 13,186   Valid: 5,101   Spoilt: 99   Quota: 1,021   Turnout: 5,200 (39.44%)  

Dumbarton

Dumbarton - 4 seats
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Labour David McBride (incumbent) 30.59 1,678            
SNP Ian Murray 18.01 988 1,015.3 1,027.1 1,039.1 1,050.8 1,071.1 1,130.4
Independent George Black (incumbent) 13.96 766 788.1 803.4 818.6 840.2 905.1 1,146.6
Labour Thomas Rainey 13.74 754 1,218.9          
SNP Iain Robertson (incumbent) 10.21 560 568.6 574.9 581.2 583.7 597.1 621.3
Independent Iain Ellis 6.60 362 368.9 377.8 380.2 418.1 465.1  
Conservative Sally Page 4.14 227 230.5 233.6 234.7 241.2    
Independent Andrew Muir 1.55 85 93.3 98 106.6      
Scottish Socialist Cammy Fyfe 1.20 66 71.9 78        
Electorate: 12,620   Valid: 5,486   Quota: 1,098   Turnout: 5,600 (44.37%)  

Kilpatrick

Kilpatrick - 3 seats
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6
Labour Douglas McAllister (incumbent) 48.01 1,717          
SNP Jim Finn (incumbent) 21.11 755 785.2 811.4 823.7 839.6 1,110.5
Labour Lawrence O'Neill (incumbent) 11.19 400 1,113.8        
SNP Ian Dickson 7.96 285 291.2 301.4 305.5 324.4  
Independent Walter Graham 7.27 260 284.9 321.9 336.8 388.8 408.2
Conservative Douglas Boyle 3.38 121 125.8 134.7 135.1    
Scottish Socialist Dawn Fyfe 1.06 38 41.8 53.8      
Electorate: 9,004   Valid: 3,576   Spoilt: 86   Quota: 895   Turnout: 3,662 (40.67%)  

Clydebank Central

Clydebank Central - 4 seats
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6
Labour Patrick Gerard McGlinchey (incumbent) 34.83 1,587          
SNP Jim Brown (incumbent) 26.36 1,201          
Independent Denis Agnew (incumbent) 17.10 779 798.9 814.9 863 910 955
Labour John Mooney 12.42 566 1,158.9        
SNP Frank McNiff 5.20 237 250.6 493.9 523.1 541.8 564.6
Communist Tom Morrison 2.06 94 98.7 103 114.9 119.2  
Conservative Douglas Campbell 2.02 92 94.6 97.2 104.9    
Electorate: 11,559   Valid: 4,556   Spoilt: 108   Quota: 912   Turnout: 4,664 (40.35%)  

Clydebank Waterfront

Clydebank Waterfront - 4 seats
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Labour Gail Casey (incumbent) 33.55 1,473            
SNP William Hendrie (incumbent) 24.05 1,056            
Independent Marie A. McNair (incumbent)† 16.24 713 777.1 785.2 796.6 809.8 842.8 901.5
Labour Kath Ryall 11.87 521 929.9          
SNP Jim McElhill (incumbent) 9.18 403 435.7 583.7 590.9 598.9 619.8 636.9
Conservative Linda Kinniburgh 2.66 117 128.3 130.3 131.9 139.1 142.6  
Scottish Socialist Ann Lynch 1.57 69 83.5 86.9 89.7 89.9    
Scottish Christian Alastair Manderson 0.89 39 43 44.9 45.9      
Electorate: 11,451   Valid: 4,391   Spoilt: 108   Quota: 879   Turnout: 4,499 (39.29%)  

Changes since 2012 election

References

  1. ^ "3 May 2012 Council Elections Results". Retrieved 21 January 2016.
  2. ^ Ferguson, Alan (13 January 2016). "Council leader slams former independent Marie McNair as opportunist as she joins SNP". Clydebank Post. Newsquest Ltd. Retrieved 21 January 2016.